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    Re: Grouse Lake or Winnemucca

    I dont recall exactly. 2.5 to 3 seems about right. Its not a long hike but it gets steep. You can keep going up the same trail to Hemlock and Smith also. Smith is worth the extra effort in my opinion.

    Good luck

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    Re: Grouse Lake or Winnemucca

    Quote Originally Posted by Don - Nevada View Post
    If you hike to Winnemucca, be sure to have a float tube or inflatable raft.

    Fish the back side of the lake (between the islands and the shoreline).

    My best fishing has been to troll from my raft with a red-white striped Dare Devil lure.

    P.S. The hiking trail will be jammed with people enjoying the wild flowers.
    Forgot to ask....but for those of you that have done the hike to Grouse, some sites are saying two miles to the lake, some say 3.5 and some say 4 miles. Can anyone clarify? Thank you!

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    Re: Grouse Lake or Winnemucca

    Quote Originally Posted by Don - Nevada View Post
    If you hike to Winnemucca, be sure to have a float tube or inflatable raft.

    Fish the back side of the lake (between the islands and the shoreline).

    My best fishing has been to troll from my raft with a red-white striped Dare Devil lure.

    P.S. The hiking trail will be jammed with people enjoying the wild flowers.
    Ill probably try Grouse tomorrow then. Sounds like a 2 mile hike in and Im not sure how to get a float tube up to winnemucca. I guess inflate it before hiking in?

    Gonna keep an eye out for cats. A hiker just camped overnight last week and said he woke up to a deer carcass 30 feet from his tent at Grouse


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    Re: Grouse Lake or Winnemucca

    If you hike to Winnemucca, be sure to have a float tube or inflatable raft.

    Fish the back side of the lake (between the islands and the shoreline).

    My best fishing has been to troll from my raft with a red-white striped Dare Devil lure.

    P.S. The hiking trail will be jammed with people enjoying the wild flowers.

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    Re: Grouse Lake or Winnemucca

    Desolation Grouse lake had a lot of small brook trout last time I was there 5+ years ago. Winnemucca had the same last time I was there 3 years ago.

    Grouse is a steeper hike, but will have fewer people. Winnemucca has some great views and flowers.

    Cant go wrong with either in my opinion.

    As for gear I use 1/8 kastmasters and z-rays. Also use Panther Martins. Key was to keep them small. Bubble and fly works too. Anything dry fly mosquito imitation, or bead head nymph for subsurface. Im not a fly guy so others can help more, but theyre not highly technical fisheries.

    Good luck. Beautiful places and nice to get out of the heat.

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    Re: Grouse Lake or Winnemucca

    Quote Originally Posted by yell0wshirt View Post
    Grouse Lake in the Desolation Wilderness
    Yeah, different Grouse Lk.
    PM sent

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    Re: Grouse Lake or Winnemucca

    Quote Originally Posted by TahoeJeff1 View Post
    I believe Grouse (in the Mokelumne Wilderness) is fishless.
    I don't think it matters, as the access to the TH is closed:

    BLUE LAKES UPDATE:

    • Due to planned work by PGE at Upper Blue Lake Dam and surrounding campgrounds all recreation located around Upper Blue Lake will be closed to the public for the entire 2019 season. Recreation around Lower Blue Lake will be open. The closures include the following campgrounds: Middle Creek, Middle Creek Expansion, Upper Blue Lake Dam Site, Upper Blue Lake Dam Site Expansion, Upper Blue Lake. The closure includes access to the Grouse Lake/Granite Lake Trailhead and all boat ramp access to Upper Blue Lake.
    Oh weird, I was speaking of Grouse Lake in the Desolation Wilderness, near Wrights Lake, off of HWY 50.

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    Re: Grouse Lake or Winnemucca

    I would drive to Crater Lake it has TONS of brookies and there is no hike with a 44.

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    Re: Grouse Lake or Winnemucca

    I believe Grouse (in the Mokelumne Wilderness) is fishless.
    I don't think it matters, as the access to the TH is closed:

    BLUE LAKES UPDATE:

    • Due to planned work by PGE at Upper Blue Lake Dam and surrounding campgrounds all recreation located around Upper Blue Lake will be closed to the public for the entire 2019 season. Recreation around Lower Blue Lake will be open. The closures include the following campgrounds: Middle Creek, Middle Creek Expansion, Upper Blue Lake Dam Site, Upper Blue Lake Dam Site Expansion, Upper Blue Lake. The closure includes access to the Grouse Lake/Granite Lake Trailhead and all boat ramp access to Upper Blue Lake.

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    Grouse Lake or Winnemucca

    Have a day off this week and thinking of either Grouse or Winnemucca lakes to go fish at. I've never been to either and I know that I'll need to hike in to either one (which is also part of the fun for me!)

    Any recs on either lake and lures to maybe use?

    I might bring my fly rod, I'm still really really bad at fly fishing which sucks and I've got some good spinning set ups to use.

    Any advice or help would be great. Thanks everyone!

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